Location: Downton, Wiltshire, England
Surname/tag: Coles, Rolfe
Octavo die July: Ano Dom: 1631
In the name of god amen I Joane Coles of Withington in the parish of Downton in the County of Wilts widdow being _________ but of good and perfect memories thankes be unto god therefore her doe make my last will and testament in manner and forme as followeth: first I give and bequeath my soule into the handes of our Lord _____________ and I hope to be saved and my sines forgiven. And my bodye to the earth to be buried in the church yard of Whiteparish in the County of Wilts abovesaid. Item I give to the poore of Whiteparish twentie shillinges; I give to the pore of Downton twentie shillinges: Item I give to my soonn Willm Coles threescrore poundes of current money of England this an halfe to be payed to him or his assignes within six monthes after my decease and the other thirtie poundes to be payed within six monthes then next followinge: Item I give to my soonn Georg one hundred poundes of like lawfull money of England to be payed in manner as aforesayde: Item I give unto my soon ffreeman Coles one hundred and fortie poundes of currant money of England to be payed in manner as aforesaid allso I give to give him my bible: I give to the three daughters of my soon ffreeman to each of them tenn poundes and to his soon John twentie pounds of like currant money of England to be DD to their father in such time as abovesaide and his acquitance them shall be a sufficient discharge for my executor. I give to Elizabeth the wife my soon ffreeman Coles aforesaid and ______ of ______ cloth of ____________ woollen cloth _______________ one [hollen] apron and one [hollen] _______. I give to my daughter Ann Rofe fiftie poundes o flike lawful money of England to be payed as is aforesaid and one ______ of [larlye] and twentie bushells of wheates to be payed her yearly duringe all the terme of my lease at withington farme I give to her hackney grraye mare and all my wearinge apparerell of what kinde or nature soever it be and all such clothes as is made or apoynted to be made for my owne wearinge _____ such___ it given _____ for Elizabeth Coles: Item I give to Joane Rofe the daughter of my said daughter Ann Rofe fiftie pounds of currant English money an to hester Rofe the sister of that Joan Rofe twentie poundes to be payed the one halfe thereof at six monthes after my decease and the other six months then next followinge and for the discharge thereof an acquitance from their father shall be a discharge for my acquitance: Item I give to my brother Gieles march five poundes of lawfull money of England and seven bushells of wheate to be payed to him in this maner by the yeare for the _______ of foure yeares that is to saye thirtie shillinges and one bushell of wheat to be divided into four equal partes and to be payed him in and uppon the foure most ____ quarters of the yeares if he be ____ livinge and not otherwise: Item I give to Thomas march my cosen of Lockerly in hampshire five poundes of currant money to payed at ____ and to etch of his children a yewe and a lambe: I give to my cosen Thomas South twentie shillinges to be payed within six monthes after my decease: I give to my sister in lawe Briget humbye one ____ and a lambe: I give to my servant John Livlyie six shillinges: I give to my ____ aprentisces _________ shillinges and to my other servants to each of them twelve pence. I give to each of my godchildren twooe shillinges and six pence: allsoe further my will is that all my household stuff and furniture ______ beddinge linen woollen whwas not before given and disposed of and brass iron pewter earthen and wooden vessell and all other ____________ of the household stuff as shall be equally divided betwixt my executor and my four other children all the rest of my goodes and chattells of what nature or kinde soever it has not before given nor bequeathed I give it wholye unto Robert Coles my soon whoe I do make the executor of this my will and testament: and I do intreete my lovinge neighbor and friendes Thomas ffox and willm morris both of whitparish abovsaide to se this performed accordinge to the true meaninge hearof and for theyre care and paynes hearin I give to etch of them six shillinges and eyght pence: In wittness hearof I have sett my hand and seale the daye and yeare first above written in the presence of willm morris and John Rofe of Hamptworth.
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre; Chippenham, Wiltshire, England; Wiltshire Wills and Probates; Reference Number: P2/C/399. Link to will at ancestry.com ($).